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Ice Cube Celebrates 52nd Birthday with Love from Fans and Funk Legend Bootsy Collins

Ice Cube is feeling the love from his fans on his birthday, leaving the hip hop legend and Hollywood star feeling grateful. Because of his special day, Cube's name has been trending on Twitter as fans everywhere have been personally sending him happy birthday wishes. Among the many fans wishing Cube the very best for his 52nd birthday was Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins, whose tribute post on Twitter, quickly caught the attention of Cube himself.
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Shock G of Digital Underground has died: read tributes from Bootsy Collins, El-P, more

Shock G of '90s-era hip hop group Digital Underground has died at age 57. The sad news came via Jimi "Chopmaster J" Dright, one of the other founding members of the group, who wrote on Instagram, "34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea we can be a hip hop band and take on the world through it all the dream became a reality and the reality became a nightmare for some. And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!" TMZ confirmed the death with Jacobs' father who said he was found dead in a Tampa hotel room.
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New DMX Song Featuring Bootsy Collins, Steve Howe, & Ian Paice Released

UPDATE: DMX’s family has confirmed his death at age 50. DMX has been clinging to life for the past week, ever since an apparent drug overdose that triggered a heart attack. Last night rumors of his death began to proliferate online, but in a video posted to Instagram, his manager, Steve Rifkind, clarified that the rapper remains on life support:
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A New DMX Song, ‘X Moves’ Featuring Bootsy Collins, Has Emerged As The Icon Remains On Life Support

As the world awaits news about the condition of rap icon DMX, who remains on life support in a coma after suffering a heart attack reportedly caused by an overdose, a new song featuring the rapper surfaced on streaming services, courtesy of Cleopatra Records. Titled “X Moves,” the new track is a collaborative effort featuring Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins, as well as Asia guitarist Steve Howe and Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. A fusion of funk, rap, and rock, it highlights DMX’s ferocity and versatility at a time when the icon’s fate hangs in the balance.
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Bruno Mars announces Silk Sonic, new music with Anderson .Paak and Bootsy Collins

Bruno Mars is getting back into the music game, and bringing some fellow Grammy Award-winning music makers along for the ride. On Thursday night, the chart-topping pop music crooner announced that he’s teamed up with hip-hop/R&B singer/songwriter Anderson. Paak to make a new album. “We locked in and made an...
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Bootsy Collins on the Genius of Fela Kuti: ‘What He Brought Was Just So Powerful’

In “Viva Nigeria,” one of Fela Kuti’s earliest 45s, the Afrobeat pioneer proclaims, “Men are born, kings are made.” Kuti, who was born a man in 1938 and died a king of music in ’97, transformed his home country and the world at large into something more inclusive and compassionate through driving, dynamic drums, big, funky horns, and scabrous lyrics that skewered the violent military junta controlling Nigeria. He had studied music in London, where he played piano in jazz, R&B, and rock groups — creating a tight bond with Cream’s Ginger Baker — and toured the United States by the time he returned to Lagos in 1970. That’s when Kuti, whose mother was a feminist and labor organizer, decided to use his unique fusion of African sounds and American soul-music innovation as a vehicle for bettering the political climate of Nigeria.
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Bootsy Collins: The Power of the One

In 2019, Bootsy Collins, arguably the most important bassist in the history of funk music, announced that he was retiring from the road for health reasons. He’d earned the break—after 50 years that saw him helping to shape the sound of James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, plus making his own music both under his name and with the great Bootsy’s Rubber Band, he’d more than justified his entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But that doesn’t mean he had to stop making music altogether, and The Power of the One is classic Bootsy brought up to date. For the album, Collins dug deep into his contact list and called on a wildly diverse crew of admirers to spice up the jams: You’ll be hard-pressed to find another album that includes contributions from banjo master Béla Fleck and Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten, Snoop Dogg (who happens to be Bootsy’s nephew), jazz bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride and spoken word from activist Dr. Cornel West, among several others. The title track is a special highlight, its unremitting blasts of deep, spacey rhythm sweetened by the guitar of George Benson, who probably hasn’t worked this hard in years. Yet another bass god, Larry Graham, steps up on “WantMe2Stay,” whose Prince-esque title is not coincidental; the track also features an all-too-short but quite sweet solo by Branford Marsalis. Collins seamlessly integrates elements of hip-hop, rock, soul and, to stunning effect on “Creepin’”—which highlights the young singer/guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram—the blues. Whatever he tosses in, it all comes out Bootsy.
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Bootsy Collins Releases ‘Lips Turn Blue’ Video Featuring Emmaline

Legendary bassist Bootsy Collins unveiled the video for “Lips Turn Blue,” a track from his 2020 studio album, The Power Of One. “Lips Turn Blue” features vocalist Emmaline and is Collins’ first bilingual track as Emmaline sings part of the song in Spanish. “It’s pretty exciting to introduce something we...
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Bootsy Collins Releases Kaleidoscopic “Lips Turn Blue” Music Video [Watch]

Famed funk bassist Bootsy Collins has released a new, green screen-assisted video for “Lips Turn Blue” featuring Emmaline, a track off his collaboration-heavy 2020 album, The Power of the One. The new visuals for the sexually-charged kiss-off track match the song’s ’90s R&B vibes. Kaleidoscopic projections frame the featured vocalists...